Paramount+’s comedy brand is beginning to take shape.
The platform will lean into Comedy Central brands with new incarnations of Inside Amy Schumer and Reno 911, with made-for-streaming movies focused on Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head and a new weekly show with Trevor Noah.
Inside Amy Schumer will return with five specials featuring its Emmy- and Peabody-winning star. The series, which hasn’t aired since mid-2016, has been dormant since its fourth season ended but Schumer was under contract for a fifth season that never materialized before she took a hiatus from the series to focus on her book and other projects. (Schumer also has a Hulu scripted series due this year on the Disney-backed streamer.) Additional details about the specials were not immediately available.
In other comedy news, Paramount_ is bringing back Reno 911 beyond its Quibi-turned-Roku series. The new take, Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon, is described as a supersized event based on the long-running Comedy Central series.
The Workaholics movie revives the Comedy Central franchise that ended in 2017 after seven seasons. The made-for-streaming movie is based on the series starring Blake Anderson, Adam Devine and Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck, who are all expected to return.
Ahead of the Comedy Central Beavis and Butt-head revival, creator Mike Judge will re-launch the franchise with another movie that will kick-off the series. The movie will stream directly on Paramount+, marking a follow-up to 1996’s Beavis and Butt-head Do America. The latter was a theatrical release via Paramount Pictures that grossed $63 million domestically.
Wrapping up the comedy slate is The Weekly Show With Trevor Noah, which brings the Daily Show host to the streamer for an initial six-episode series that looks at stories across society and talks with the people behind the headlines.
The comedy offerings are the latest examples of how Paramount+ is leaning into ViacomCBS’ pre-existing franchises as it rebrands the streamer from CBS All Access.